Cold Winter Night?

December 8, 2007

Thought it was time for a header change to some veggies – brussels sprouts!! Yum!

So I was in a blizzard on Monday and Tuesday and saw snow in Philly yesterday, but here in North Carolina it was 60* today! Not exactly the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up with a big bowl of soup, but that’s what I had. I’ll just pretend it’s winter :)

I’m on my own for dinner again tonight and one of my favorite meals to make is a big pot of soup. Since we had turkey cutlets in the fridge, chili it was.

Homemade Recipe: I whipped this up by browning 2 slices of bacon and 8 oz cubed turkey in a dutch oven. Once they were nice and brown, I added 1 cup frozen chicken stock, 1 can tomatoes and okra, 1 can drained kidney beans, 1/2 cup frozen corn, 1/3 can roasted red peppers, 2 chopped carrots, chili powder, oregano, and a dash of cinnamon (secret ingredient!). Makes 3 servings, 350 calories each. You could also easily do 4 servings for less than 300 kcal each.


Topped it with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled, and a big dollop of plain yogurt as sour cream:


On the side? Kashi crackers 😎

k-crack.JPGTotal dinner calories: ~580. A little high, but because of my late lunch and strangely timed workout, I didn’t really snack today.

But I did have some almonds as I was making dinner, as I was getting really hungry:




A smidge of egg nog ice cream. Probably just under 1/2 a cup in my tiny bowl.


I never got in my Epsom Salt bath last night, so I think one’s in store tonight. And definitely some reading! I didn’t get much done today and was at my computer most of the time, so tomorrow I’m going to try to stay off the computer. We’ve got a 5 mile run scheduled for the morning and a trip to the library in the afternoon. Oh, and the grocery store!!! Dinner will be at my mother-in-law’s – beef stroganauf, but she says she makes it healthy with Fage instead of sour cream and not too much fat.


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1 Kath December 8, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Thanks Justy! So glad you liked the spaghetti squash and cranberry sauce, which I am currently out of!!

Thanks for reading :)



2 Justy2003 December 8, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I found your blog yesterday from the Eat Like Me blog and I’m hooked!
I never had spaghetti squash, but thought I’d try it…I just made some tonight and it tasted pretty good! And I also made the cranberry sauce and tried it with some plain yogurt (which I’d never tried), and I think I’ll stick with it instead of my usual Dannon Light ‘n Fit.
Thanks so much for all the ideas and for all the work you put into the blog!


3 stephanie December 9, 2007 at 7:00 am

kath, question: do you use recipe-building software? I use the calculator at which is adequate for most things, though for some reason it is incapable of understanding beans, which is difficult to negotiate with a largely vegetarian diet. do you have any suggestions?

chili looks yum!


4 Kath December 9, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Hi Steph,

I use CalorieKing’s diary for my recipes. I pick a blank day, put in all the ingredients, save as a recipe, and divide by the servings (which I sometimes do by grams or oz and then enter in “9 servings” for “9 oz” when I load it in). Does that help?



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